What Trump Said is Not OK

Yesterday the Washington Post revealed that in 2005, Trump had a hot mic and didn't know it, and made remarks about how he likes to just randomly kiss women and "grab them by the pussy." Trump shrugged off the tape saying it was "locker room" talk. But that's not OK. It's not OK from anyone, most especially someone who wants to be President. We have a chance to defeat this type of thinking on Election day this year.

That brought up a memory for me that I wanted to share. Inspired by Kelly Oxford on Twitter, who is asking women to share sexual assault stories, I want to let people know just how common and pervasive this type of sexual assault is, how wrong it is, and how much things have changed so that in 2016 we can talk openly about these things and help empower other women to talk about them too.
I didn't make this. I don't know who did, or I would credit them. It makes a nice cover photo for your social media page.

My story, after the jump.

Eliza Waite Book Review

Cover of book, shows a woman in historical dress from behind facing out toward a wild Pacific Northwest landscape
Eliza Waite
I was given an e-book galley of this book to review by the publisher, as is standard for book reviews. In addition, I am using my Amazon affiliate link in this post. The opinions are my own, and I have not been paid for this post.

Eliza Waite
by Ashley E. Sweeney
She Writes Press

So let's imagine it's the late nineteenth century, you're living in a wild Pacific Northwest landscape, kind of clinging onto a small settlement on a small island that's been barely tamed by humans. You are married to the town minister and you have a young son. A major event happens that leaves you standing almost alone on this island with your life stretching ahead of you beyond the water, beyond the mountains, and beyond the reaches of your imagination. What do you do next?

Sun Basket Meal Service Review

I purchased this box myself, but I am a member of the Sunbasket affiliate program and this post does contain affiliate links.

It's been a while since I tried out a food subscription box, but some of my favorite posts are my older posts about them, so I decided to try out Sun Basket, which offers organic, sustainable, healthy meals from the West Coast.

I have a "bad blogger" confession- Earlier this year, they sent me a box to review, and I forgot to ever write the post because I was in the middle of house hunting and then moving. So I decided after we got settled, I would purchase a box myself and do a review of it. I did really enjoy the first box, but I can't find the photos or info about it any more, so today's review is from the box I purchased.

What's in the box?

Voting for a Third Party Candidate is Irrational, and Here is Why

I wrote this in a forum discussion about voting for a third party candidate. The forum is usually focused on TV and film, but political discussion has bled into it as well. I spent some time formulating my opinion, so I wanted to post it here too. For the sake of transparency, I also wanted to remind folks who I am voting for: Hillary Clinton.

My argument, after the jump

Still Here by Lara Vapnar Book Review

I was given an e-book galley of this book to review by the publisher, as is standard for book reviews. In addition, I am using my Amazon affiliate link in this post. The opinions are my own, and I have not been paid for this post.

Still Here
by Lara Vapnar
Crown Publishing

What happens to your social media presence after you die? Unless you have plans with someone to take down your Facebook page, it will live on forever. So why shouldn't it keep speaking as if it were you? This is the question asked by Still Here, the charming if slightly wobbly new novel by Lara Vapnar.

Remembering 9/11

I remember wondering after 9/11 what the long term effects on the country would be. Would we pull together, or would we give in to hate and fear and the psychological side of this type of warfare? We've seen a lot of both in the intervening years.
We've seen the good, of brave servicemen and women giving their lives and doggedly serving multiple tours wherever their leaders sent them. We've seen good at home too. We've also seen times when the politics around this stuff got so toxic that it shut down our systems, and we see that toxicity in some of the politic rhetoric right now.
We should honor the lives lost on 9/11 and the subsequent wars by coming together more, treating each other and strangers more kindly, being mindful about the choices we make both politically and in our own communities, and choosing rationality over reaction. The USA has a good system of governance, albiet flawed, messy and dramatic, and we are a leader on the world stage. The things we say do have resonance. Our system has been flexible enough to bend to changing attitudes over time, and that's why it's stayed strong and grown better in a lot of ways. But there are also times in our history where a toxic, vocal group of people have temporarily made it worse.
Our system only works if we listen to the "better angels of our nature," as Lincoln put it. When we allow fear and hate to make our country toxic, the terrorists win. That is their way, not ours.

Why I will Caucus for Hillary

The Washington state caucus takes place in a couple of weeks and I was thinking about what I would say if I was called upon to speak. This isn't so far fetched- A caucus is not so much a horse-race election as a meeting held to decide the party's candidate. I went to the Democratic caucus eight years ago and people were invited to state why they were choosing their candidate in hopes of swaying undecided people to their side. Hardly anyone said anything, including me, as I couldn't think of anything to say eloquently on the spot.  This year has gotten a little more exciting than normal, so I am not sure how the caucus will go this time; it's hard to imagine many people having time to speak, but I wanted to be ready. This year I will be caucusing for Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton Speech
I took this screenshot from hillaryclinton.com - I hope she doesn't mind.
I was thinking about what I would say if people were called upon to speak again, and after thinking about it for a while, I decided I would write it down here since I will probably never get to fully express it anywhere else.